Cazenovia Middle School gets grant for arts partnerships

Two Madison County schools have received art$TART arts-in-education grants for school-artist partnerships. Cazenovia will share in more than $4,400 with Chittenango schools. The two are among 17 schools that are benefitting from a total of $36,000 granted to districts in seven Central New York counties.

According to PAE, 22 schools applied this year.

Administered by Syracuse-based Partners for Arts Education, the grants help students meet New York state learning standards by having teachers partner with local artists or cultural organizations. Together, they use the arts to strengthen classroom learning.

Cazenovia ninth- through 12th-graders will undertake "The Willow Patch: Weaving Thoughts, Growing a Stewardship" with artist Bonnie Gale. This project connects two studio sculpture classes and an environmental science class with an artist and a landscape architect to explore the interrelationship among landscape design, habitat management and sculpture.

Students design and build living willow sculptures at the Willow Patch, a public space in the care of the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation.

This project is the first phase of a multi-year partnership with the goals of ecological restoration and the development of the willow bed and community uses on the site.

This is the 11th round of art$TART grants, which have distributed more than $230,000 to 130 area schools as matching grants since 2001. The state Council on the Arts provides most of the funding for art$TART.

For more information, visit arts4ed.org.

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